This tender chicken uses a rich blend of spices to create a complex flavor that is both sweet and savory. Goes great with fresh couscous or roasted veggies!
Ingredients + Preparation
- Onion (One, diced)
- Garlic (3 cloves, minced)
- Ginger (Size of your thumb, skin removed and minced)
- Chicken: (Two breasts, cut in 3 cm / 1 in pieces)
- Bell pepper (One, cleaned and diced)
- Zuchinni (One, quartered lengthwise and sliced thick)
- Potato (Cut in bite-sized pieces)
- Stock powder / bullion: chicken or veggie (1/2 tbsp)
- Canned tomato: diced, puréed (One can)
- Hot water (2-3 cans depending on desired thickness, using the tomato can)
- Chick peas (One can, liquid drained)
- Dried fruit: Dates, raisins, prunes or apricots (1 cup)
- Paprika (1 tbsp)
- Coriander seed (1 tbsp)
- Turmeric (1/2 tbsp)
- Cinnamon (1/2 tbsp)
- Cumin (1/2 tbsp)
- Olive oil (2 second pour)
- Salt & pepper (To taste)
1. On medium-high heat, cook onion, garlic and ginger in olive oil for 3 minutes, until onions turn golden.
2. Add all the spices and mix through. Cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes, flipping chicken to ensure the meat sears evenly.
4. Add bell pepper and zucchini. Cook for 3 minutes.
5. Add chicken stock, potato, tomato and hot water. Drop heat to medium-low.
6. Cook with the lid on for 20 minutes, then add the dried fruit and chick peas.
7. Cook with the lid off for a further 10 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.
An ode to history, try this dish with a wine from the Iberian peninsula. If you're leaning red, stick with the lighter wine making styles of these varietals. They'll offer body and fruit that will stand up to the bold flavours of the Moroccan Spices. If you prefer a white, an off dry Riesling is a safe bet.
Tips + Tricks
- Cooking the spices opens them up, improving the fragrance of your dish.
- Use the tomato can to measure out water, while getting the last of the good stuff out of the can!
- Add other veggies like green beans and mushrooms to help bulk the dish out.
This dish is a good source of protein and is low in saturated (bad) fats. The dried fruits adds vitamins and minerals, and ability to add extra veggies is always a plus - this recipe gets a good score! Inspect stock labels for MSG, as it can be an allergen for some people.